Pulmonary Vein Varix

A pulmonary vein varix is rare. They are either congenital or due to acquired pulmonary venus hypertension. The location adjacent to the heart, where the pulmonary vein enters the heart in a patient with pulmonary venous hypertension, should suggest the diagnosis which is confirmed by angiography or CT with intravenous contrast material. Most patients have mitral insufficiency.


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